Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Mouse Castle Lounge 01-29-2015 - 'Walt Before Mickey' Author Tim Susanin

By Tim Callaway

Walt Before Mickey
Walt Before Mickey
Tim Susanin is an investigative attorney by profession whose curiosity was piqued just over ten years ago on a family vacation to Walt Disney World. He became fascinated with the Florida resort’s namesake and began to wonder how Walt Disney went from a simple midwest upbringing to founding an animation studio that became a worldwide media empire. So, Tim started reading and researching and digging. He soon discovered that while there was plenty written about Walt after Mickey Mouse made him a success, there was very little detailed documentation about the years that led up to that. What happened to Walt after he returned from France in 1919? What did he do until success ultimately found him in 1928?

Tim did extensive research on the period and talked to other authors and historians, even members of the Disney family. The result of his efforts became the book Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928. It was published in 2011 and was received well by fans, historians and critics. Today, Walt Before Mickey is about to become a motion picture starring Thomas Ian Nicholas as Walt Disney and Jon Heder as his brother Roy Disney. Tim Susanin is my guest today in The Mouse Castle Lounge.

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